In yet another major success against trans-border smuggling networks amidst the ongoing war against drugs launched on the directions of Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police have arrested a drug smuggler after recovering five packets of heroin, weighing 5Kg, and Rs 12.15 lakh drug money from his possession, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Sunday.
The arrested drug smuggler has been identified as Rashpal Singh alias Pala, a resident of village Kakkar in Lopoke, Amritsar.The development came just a month after Punjab Police had busted an elaborate trans-border drug smuggling cartel with the arrest of its two drug smugglers after recovering 10 packets of heroin, weighing 10Kg, from their possession in village Thaman in Gurdaspur.
DGP Gaurav Yadav said that following reliable inputs, Police teams of Counter Intelligence (CI) Amritsar carried out a special operation near village Thattha in Lopoke, Amritsar and successfully arrested the drug smuggler, when he was on the way to deliver the drug consignment to the buyer after receiving payment from some other party. Preliminary investigations revealed that the consignment of drugs was pushed by Pakistan-based smugglers using a drone, he said.AIG CI Amritsar Amarjit Singh Bajwa said that accused Rashpal alias Pala is a notorious drug smuggler.
Further investigations are on to find out the receiver of the consignment and the person who paid him for the drugs, he said.Meanwhile, a case FIR no. 3 has been registered under sections 21 and 29 of the NDPS Act at Police Station SSOC Amritsar.